- Associated Press - Thursday, August 20, 2015

LOWELL, Mass. (AP) - A convenience store owner fought back when two men robbed his store of thousands of dollars, chasing them outside and firing two shots as they fled.

No one was injured during the robbery at about 9 p.m. Wednesday, but one bullet struck a building near The 99 Store in Lowell, police said.

The store owner legally owned his gun, according to police.

“It was so fast, and I panicked. I had to protect myself,” owner Kim Seng said. He said he has owned the store for 17 years and works there from 6 a.m. until 9 p.m., seven days a week. He said he works too hard for someone to just come and take what he has earned. He estimated his loss at $10,000.

Surveillance video from the store shows two mean leaping over the counter, one of them holding down the store owner while the other empties the cash drawers. Seng, 54, can then be seen running outside after the thieves, firing his weapon.

He apologized to the residents of the building he struck.

About an hour after the robbery, police arrested a 28-year-old man who matched the description of one of the robbers. The man had a Tech 9 gun inside his backpack but so far is only facing gun charges.

The robbery remains under investigation.

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